We'll initially tour and discuss features of the organic mini-farm. Our focus will be on how the garden and animals are organised and integrated using permaculture thinking - we discuss how chooks, goats and pigs can all be used for various purposes on a self-sufficient property. Then we'll focus on great techniques to grow vegies, berries and fruits - we'll discuss some theory first, then we'll do some hands-on learning. You'll learn about how to make compost and enrich your soil organically, how to cultivate and weed efficiently, how to time your plantings for maximum productivity, and how to raise plants from seed to advanced seedlings before planting in your garden to save money, grow more varieties, and make the most of your garden space. We'll finish by learning how to milk a goat! We'll serve a tasty morning tea during the workshop - prepared by Gunilla, who runs Home Grown on Piper cafe in Kyneton. At the end of the workshop you can pick and take home some organic vegies and eggs (and berries too, in their season!) and some seedlings for your garden. Complimentary coffees at Home Grown on Piper are offered if you order lunch there on your way home after the workshop.
Rob And Gunilla
I am a passionate organic grower with 20 years' experience, and I supply vegies, berries and fruits to 30 families in Castlemaine and Kyneton. I combine techniques from both permaculture and traditional organic gardening to produce an amazing variety and quantity of produce in a small space on my mini-farm. I am also an experienced teacher, so I communicate clearly and engagingly. I aim for the workshop to be relaxing and enjoyable, but I also aim to convey plenty of information. I want you to come away inspired with ideas and enthusiasm for your own garden!
Tasty morning tea provided, with yummy sweet treats baked in-house at our own cafe, Home Grown on Piper in Kyneton. The sweet…
Organic coffee or tea We use quality organic, fair-trade coffee and organic teas - both standard and herbal. You can drink…
The workshop is held at the beautiful Metcalfe Mini-Farm, where we organically grow vegies, berries and fruits to feed thirty local families. It's a family-run farm of just over an acre, with a half-acre vegie garden, berry fields, small orchard, dairy goats, pigs and chooks. This integrated, compact, productive property is the culmination of a dream Rob in particular has worked towards for 20 years, including 9 years at this property.
This workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced organic vegie growers. Ideally, decide before what you'd like to learn more about - we aim to tailor the workshop to your areas of interest.